Posts Tagged ‘fujisawa shuko’

Fujisawa Shuko Sensei Passed Away

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Fujisawa Shuko Sensei passed away earlier today at the age of 83.

Shuko Sensei was born on June 14th, 1925. He is mostly famous for winning Kisei, the top Japanese title in his 50s for six times in a row, from 1976 to 1981. More details about his career can be found here.

I recently posted a video from a study group meeting organized by Shuko Sensei. I’m adding the video below.

Here is a video from Japanese TV announcing his death:

English article from Mainichi here.

The announcement (in Japanese) on the Nihon Ki-in website is here. Here are some thoughts on Shuko Sensei from Cho Hye Yeon.

Photos from the funeral service here. Some recent photos with Shuko Sensei.

Video from Fujisawa Shuko’s Study Group

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
I learned today about this video documentary from a study group meeting of the famous Fujisawa Shuko, Honorary Kisei (he won the Kisei title 6 consecutive years, 1976 to 1982): In this video we can see several famous Japanese players training together: Takemiya Masaki, Takao Shinji, O Meien, Yuki Satoshi, Sakai Hideyuki. Original youtube link here. (Found about this via twitter, thanks to Marcel GrĂ¼nauer.)

Kisei Title – can Cho recover from 1-3?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
The next Kisei Title game between Yamashita Keigo and Cho Chikun will be today. Yamashita leads Cho 3-1, which means that one more win will assure Yamashita of keeping his title again this year. Will Cho be able to make a recovery from this uncomfortable score? The Nihon Ki-in website published a table with the history of best-of-seven titles where one of the players recovered from 1-3 (or even from 0-3) to win the title. Out of 10 such cases, Cho recovered 3 times from 0-3 to win the title: against Fujisawa Shuko in Kisei, 1983, against Otake Hideo in Meijin, 1984, and against Kobayashi Koichi in Honinbo, 1992. Cho also came back once from 1-3 to win the Honinbo title in 1990, also against Kobayashi Koichi. Cho was also on the the other side of “miraculous comebacks” once: he led 3-0 against Rin Kaiho in Honinbo 1983 before losing the title 3-4.

So Cho Sensei is the master of comebacks. He is renowned for doing his best under pressure. I’m sure we’ll see an exciting game later today!